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The Bureau of Noncompetitive Research, PHI Foundation, 2023. Public Engagement Project © PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, photo: Daniel Fiset

Demotivational Poster Making Workshop with the Bureau of Noncompetitive Research

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  • Past Event
  • Contemporary Art
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PHI Foundation 465 Saint-Jean Street
Education Room (SS01)

Friday, November 24, 2023
Ongoing drop-in workshop
From 1 PM to 5 PM

Free admission
Limited capacity: first come, first served.

Many people are familiar with the laminated posters that have decorated office spaces since the 1980s: a kitsch image, a common value written in capital letters, an “enlightening” quote from a scientist or politician—all meant to motivate, inspire and improve employees' performance at work. But what if a poster encouraged us to let go, relax, rest, and do less? 

During this ongoing activity offered by members of the Bureau amidst their installation, the public is invited to make their own demotivational posters. Materials provided by the Foundation! All are welcome!

This workshop is part of The Bureau of Noncompetitive Research, a public engagement project by the collective of the same name. This project is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rirkrit Tiravanija: JOUEZ/PLAY.


The Bureau of Noncompetitive Research is a group of artists and researchers who explore how slow philosophy, dialogue, collaboration, pedagogy, and public space intersect. Founded in 2021, the Bureau has taken on academic and artistic projects, namely Slowness and the Institution (2021), Pedagogy and Time (2022), and Giving Nothing (2023). In this iteration, the Bureau comprises Victoria Stanton, José Cortés, and Stacey Cann.

Stacey Cann is a performance artist and researcher interested in ideas of work, endurance, and collaboration.

José Cortés is a transdisciplinary artist whose work juxtaposes value and mundane matters in multimedia, public space, and pedagogic projects.

Victoria Stanton is an undisciplined performance artist whose infiltrating/relational works explore the role of rest, pause, and liminal space in artistic processes.

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The Bureau of Noncompetitive Research

November 3 March 10, 2024

The Bureau of Noncompetitive Research is a public engagement project by the collective of the same name. Taking place in the PHI Foundation’s Education Room

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